Animal Cruelty: Slaying The Badger on 30 for 30

ESPN’s 30 for 30 films are just about the best collection of sports documentaries I have come across, cutting through the hype and floss to get right down to the bone. They are about so much more than ‘just’ sports (Once Brothers is a fine example), so good that even folk without a real interest in sport can get into them.

The enthralling story of the 1986 Tour de France, as dealt with in Richard Moore’s excellent book Slaying The Badger gets the treatment here and the result is brilliant.


Watch Hinault tarnish his own legacy, Kochli squirm (though he does nail it when he talks about cycling as a game), and Lemond looking bewildered as his older brother puts the knife in again and again.

They don’t make ’em like this anymore, that’s for sure…


Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

4 thoughts

  1. I stayed up past my bed time to watch this to the end. Hinault is such an interesting character, a great cyclist and a total jerk (yes, Lance, it can be done) and the LeMonds are the world’s cutest couple. I remember the win in the final time trial like it was yesterday! Thanks for posting this!

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